Holyrood morning roundup: Thursday 17 May, 2012

by May 17, 2012 No Comments

Good morning – here are the top 10 stories in Scotland this morning:

Scots Tories’ anger over Cameron poll date U-turn (Herald)

Britain ‘forced to leave EU if Scotland separates’ (Daily Telegraph)

Scottish independence: Country would lose warship contracts(Scotsman)

Bid to save Union imminent (Press & Journal)

Two more patients die at Paisley hospital hit by novovirus outbreak (Daily Record)

Philip Hammond backs down over Scottish regiment names(Daily Telegraph)

Total stops North Sea gas leak (Guardian)

Giant tidal turbine ‘performing well’ in tests off Orkney (BBC Scotland)

Scottish artist George Wyllie dies aged 90 (BBC Scotland)

The First Minister, the chat show host, and the case of the Heilan coo (STV News)

Today’s Scottish Parliament highlights:

- 9.15: Labour will today launch a strident attack on the Scottish Government’s approach to public services, with two debates criticising declines in staffing numbers both in the justice system and the NHS

- 12.00: With several headlines today on the planned independence referendum, FMQs will likely feature constitutional debate – Ruth Davidson (Con) will not be relishing her questions, with ridicule for the Prime Minister’s admission that he wouldn’t oppose a 2014 referendum date almost certain. Another Tory, John Lamont, will ask whether the hiring of a PR firm by the Scottish Government suggests a politicisation of its media operation

- 14.55: Sports Minister Shona Robison will lead a debate on ‘Meeting the Challenge, Physical Activity and its Contribution to Tackling Obesity’, welcoming efforts to increase exercise as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy. Both Labour and the Tories have lodged amendments condemning the ‘watering down’ of a 2007 pledge to have two hours of physical education in school per week

For full details of all current and upcoming Scottish Parliamentary business, check out the official Business Bulletin

Paris Gourtsoyannis Paris Gourtsoyannis

Paris joined Holyrood in September 2011, and became education correspondent in May 2012. Born in Canada into a Greek family, and raised in Belgium, he came to Scotland in 2005 to study at the University of Edinburgh, where he was involved with award-winning student publication The Journal. Before working at Holyrood, Paris contributed to the Edinburgh Evening News, the Guardian and Guardian Local, and interned at think-tank Demos. His beat takes in all areas of Scotland's education and skills sector, including early years, adult learning, and employability...

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